Shabbat is a day of rest on the 7th day of the week and is the hightlight of Jewish life. Shabbat does takes in a special place in our lives.
At exactly 18 minutes before sunset we light the candles and say the bracha, for 25 hours till nightfall on saturday we are celebrating Shabbat we the much needed Shabbos Kodesh. Like with all celebrations we need to prepare, our home, our food, ourselves. As there are restrictions on many houshold activities, we must do all before Shabbat, many Jews even start with the preparations straight after Shabbat on a sunday, when the new week begins.
We have some do's and a lot dont's, here are some them, we are not allowed to use electricity, no phones, no work, no driving, on household chores.
Basically no work that we do on normal days, as its a day of rest that should avoid from labour.
Keeping the Shabbat is a Mitzvah and although it doesn't seems a lot of fun with all these restrictions, it is celebrations and we are not sitting in the dark, being cold, without any food or anything to do.
Shabbat is the perfect time to read the Torah as there are no distractions from everyday lif, HaShem want us to keep Shabbos, not because we need it, but because He want us to celebrate it with Him and as we love serving HaShem, we enjoy Shabbat with whole of our being!!
This wonderful Mitzvah is given to us by HaShem and should be trasured and expressed with gratitude.
Keeping the Shabbat
Most of us are observing the Shabbat, its special and a holy day. A day of rest given to us by HaShem.
But why do we observe the Shabbat? According to Halacha, with observing the Shabbat we commit ourselves to HaShem and to His Torah.
And as this day, is a day of rest, the Torah forbids activities, which is more than not using electricity and the use of modern technology, many still think this is enough to observe Shabbat.
In reality The Torah forbids 39 Melachot in 6 categories which built the Mishkan.
What also is very important is the Parsha Before the Shabbat.
Lighting the candles and saying the Bracha for Shabbat and the Challah and before our meal recite the Kiddush, with this its Shabbat and also the restrictions of 39 kinds of labour/ activities.
Rabbi Manis Friedman explaines this in his very own unique way, keeping the Shabbos.